Received a phone call from my local liquor store over the weekend - my Single Malt barrel kit is in! I asked my wife to pick it up on her way home from work and it greeted me from my dining room table when I got home (the kit, not my wife).
As with the first kit, I soaked it with water overnight to swell up the wood. This one leaked mostly from the spigot.
Once it was holding water, I opened the bottles with some excitement and added them to the cask. I'm not sure why pouring whisky into a little barrel is so much fun, but it is. Maybe it's the anticipation of what will come out later!
I drew off a bit for a sample. The difference between the barley and rye whiskies is night and day. There is a definite hint of smoke. There's that raw alcohol taste, but also a lovely woody flavor and a bit of sweetness. A bit of tannin, like a strong red wine, too.
I'm really looking forward to seeing how this will age. In the meantime, he sits next to his brother, waiting to deliver me delicious, delicious whisky.